Sleep dentistry is a generic term for when treatment done while under sedation. But being sedated doesn’t necessarily mean being totally knocked out.
So if you aren’t actually sleeping, then what’s the point?
What Dental Sedation Does
There are different levels of sedation but all have a similar effect to varying degrees.
There’s nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. This is the lightest form of sedation. Other kinds come as pills that you swallow some time before treatment. Then comes IV sedation where the drug is administered directly into your veins.
Stronger medicines in higher doses are used to achieve general sedation, which you’re most likely to need during oral surgery.
Sedatives depress the central nervous system and decreases awareness. Anxiety and fears melt away, and the amnesic effect means that you won’t remember much, if anything, of what happened.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
Sedation is also great for patients (like kids) who have a hard time sitting still.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
It’s important to discuss the risks of dental sedation with your dentist in person before pinning your hopes on scheduling a procedure. This is because everyone’s needs are a little different and everyone responds to sedatives differently.
Sedation can be dangerous if you are taking certain medications. Your dentist needs to know your current medical history in detail before prescribing anything.
With a well-trained dental team, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe and the benefits outweigh the risks.
If you’re interested in learning about your dental sedation options, contact your local dentist.
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